The Palmerbet Sports Team have A-League tips for each game from Week 11, streaking down the left wing with the showdown between current A-League champions, Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.
History: Played 41: Sydney 20 V Mariners 12 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018: Mariners 1 lost to Sydney 2 at Central Stadium
Final Thoughts: The form team of the competition in Sydney, head north to take on the Central Coast Mariners in what looks like a one sided match up.
The current champions, Sydney FC have hit a run of 4 wins from their last 5 and go in clear favourites and all the rage with punters. Look closer and cracks do appear in that league leading run. Three of those wins by a single goal and they haven’t had a clean sheet in 7 games. On the plus side, they are the second most clinical side in the league, converting their 116 shots on target into 18 goals for the season. Adam Le Fondre has been a world class option upfront with 9 goals from 10 games. He’ll be licking his lips for this game!
The Mariners are in woeful form. No clean sheets this season. No Wins and 3:1 Goals For vs Against ratio! We simply have nothing positive to say for the Mariners, other than its time to plan for next season!
Sydney FC are hot favourites. The Head to Head sits at $1.25 so we’re looking for value on this one.
17:35 (AEDT), Sat 5th Jan @ Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
History: Played 35: Adelaide 18 V Wellington 8 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: 24 November, 2018: Adelaide 3 d Wellington 1 at Wellington Regional Stadium
Final Thoughts: A mid table clash thats one of those double point games even though its so early in the season. 8 goals in the last two match up promises good things for this one!
The Phoenix are on a 5 game unbeaten run, including three wins which has turned around a horror start to the season. Sapreet Singh is peppering goal keepers each week and the Nix defence has only allowed in 4 goals in the last 5 matches.
Adelaide United’s sparkling November came to a grinding halt in December with losses to the Melbourne teams, before a well timed win against fellow mid table team, Newcastle, got them back on track. Goalkeeper, Paul Izzo is having a season to remember and playing a huge part in their success.
The Reds are surprisingly given they’ve conceded in every game but one this year.
19:50 (AEDT), Sat 5th Jan @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney
History: Played 19: Wanderers 4 V Victory 11 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: December 1, 2018: Victory 4 d Wanderers 0 at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Final Thoughts: The dramatic six game winning streak of the Victory has ground to a halt with the injury to star import Keisuke Honda.
The Victory are the A-Leagues most devastating attack. In the previous meeting with the Wanderers, the game was over after 39 minutes with the Victory 3 goals to the good.
Unfortunately the Wanderers season story is one of woe. Only 2 wins from 10 starts and a single home victory, they simply lack quality. For example, Oriol Riera is the leading shot taker for the year with 37 attempts, but has only found the back of the net 5 times.
The Victory just have too much talent, even without Honda. Ola Toivonen, Kosta Barbarouses and James Triosi should get this one done away from home.
17:00 (AEDT), Sun 6th Jan @ AAMI Stadium, Melbourne
History: Played 26: City 12 V Jets 10 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: December 2, 2018: City 3 d Jets 0 at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Final Thoughts: The early Sunday game finds itself at AAMI Stadium in the sporting capital, Melbourne, where City welcome the Jets in a must win game for both teams.
The Melbourne City team sit fourth and have the best defensive record in the league. Conceding just 9 goals in their first 10 games, City have half the puzzle sorted. Unfortunately with only 13 goals, they look to be a mid table team at best this year.
The Jets have failed to get a consistency to their game lately, with their last back to back wins coming in April! Its been a lack of quality finishing from the likes of Dimitri Petratos thats ruined strong build up play. Desperation can do terrible things!
The Jets haven’t won at AAMI Park since 2015 and in the seven games since, have scored only 5 goals there. This one looks to be a low score with neither team holding a world class striking option.
19:00 (AEDT), Sun 6th Jan @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
History: Played 41: Brisbane 10 V Perth 22 (9 Draws)
Last meeting: November 3, 2018: Perth Glory 2 d Brisbane Roar 1 at nib Stadium, Perth
Final Thoughts: The league leaders, Perth Glory, host the Brisbane Roar, who are anchored to second last on the table. The Roar are on a horror run. 1 point from their last 6 and in that time, club legend John Aloisi has been relieved of his coaching duties.
The Roars issues stem from a lack of speed and a leaky defence. They have conceded two goals or more in their last 9, including 12 in their last 4 games. The good news is that they are scoring. 6 goals in their last 4 is very respectable, but they’ll never win unless they can register just their second clean sheet since March.
Perth are sitting pretty at the top of the ladder. Unbeaten away since February, they’ve taken 19 points from their last 7 away games. Their formidable front pairing of Chris Ikonomidis and Andy Keogh have banged in 12 goals combined with midfield general, Neil Kilkenny the architect of most.
This one should go the way of the Glory with ease. Playing away inflating the WIN odds nicely.